What an amazing night in Balbriggan. After an initial hiccup with the parking, now known locally as the ‘Battle of The Bingo Hall’ 🙂 we managed to get everyone in and settled. We had 18 people on the night, a great turnout for our first meeting. A big thank you to all those who made the effort to attend and things will only grow from here. Here are some photos of the evening showing just how busy it was. A massive thank you to Owen, the guy who set this all up, who is sadly missing from most of the shots as he was the camera man on the night.
We started the evening by sorting out what everyone actually wanted from the club and some options for the way forward. Phil and Ian then talked though the two trees that they had brought for display explaining how we should always look at bonsai in a positive way. This was followed by a critique of trees brought by members and helping with options for their future. A manic night but a great start.
Did you not make it, and now wish you had? Watch this space for news about the next club meeting. Looks like there will be a change from a Friday night to avoid the Bingo!! 🙂
This spring I tried a Beech group planting, I planted 7 but unfortunately 2 died. I don’t know why they were all bought as saplings off the same supplier and I took the same root amount off each tree.
Here’s the planting before it leafed out and how it looks now
You can see in the middle photo the 2 dead trees. I don’t know if it is something I did or something that happens from time to time as this and the hawthorne are the first groups I’ve tried. That being said it will look a whole lot better next year after repotting and replacing the 2 trees.
Throughout the summer, when I’m styling or pruning a tree I take lots of cuttings from offcuts, which would otherwise be discarded. When established they require little attention other than regular feeding and watering and in time they will reward you with some useful, and hard to find, material for free.
Here are some itoigawa juniper cuttings I have been potting up recently
This is the parent tree
And here are some Blauws Juniper cuttings taken a year earlier. I hope to use these in a rock landscape composition that I am planning.
This is the parent tree. This is also my current workshop tree. It has undergone some major alterations since this picture was taken and will feature in its own post in the near future
And finally, life isn’t all about work, sometimes you just have to lift up your head and enjoy the view. This laburnum tree in the centre of…
My new bonsai buddy Ovi asked me over to his house last week to have a chat about the new club starting on 27th June. After having a chat Ovi decided to do some pruning of some of his trees. Here’s a few pics of the afternoons work.
I didn’t get a pic of the elm before but it had grown out a nice bit since spring.
While Ovi was pruning the Elm I started on one of his Birches
I hope we didn’t take to much off the birch..il drop over next week before the club meeting and see how it’s doing.